Well, here is my entry for the bookcase challenge. It’s meant to be constructed using standard frame and panel construction using solid wood, exceptfor the back which would be plywood. I have never seen a bookcase on wheels before, so that dictated the smaller size. Too heavy and itwouldn’t roll very easily on carpet. The advantages to a bookcase on wheels is the ability to move itfrom room to room or around the room without having to empty it. The reason for it opening ...
It has been a while since I have visited lumberjocks I have been busy working on my basement. I have been digging out the dirt so I can pour a slab and make a workshop. There will be pics coming soon from the beginning. I have been taking pics along the way just haven’t put them on the computer yet hopefully this week. If things go as planned I should have the workshop ready to move into by the end of the month, it just depends on how soon I can get someone to pour and finish the sl...
so, i am sitting here watching star wars, working on my portfolio and eating dinner and i decided to take a break from two of those (i’m not going to stop watching star wars….c’mon that’s just ludicrous) and do a quick review of the chicago lie-nielson wood show. the show was held at jeff miller's shop this past friday and saturday, and boy o boy what a show it was! i took friday off of work thinking to avoid the crowd on saturday, but i think others had the same id...
I pushed that orange cart down the main race way of the local Home Depot heading toward the tool coral. There’s nothing I really need there, it’s just part of the routine I supposed. I bumped into Don who works at the appliance section. “What are you building now? “ He asked as he peered into the cart. A hedge clipper and a garden hose repair kit was all that’s in. “Stupid garden, really cuts into valuable woodshop time.” I replied. He laughed. I continued pushing the cart as ...
I saw this design challenge just surfing the net one day. I just so happened to be working on a bookcase design of my own. So here it is. In my design is made to be broken down easily to be shipped. So the spacers are made of metal. I don’t know if that qualifies for the challenge. But it is just a design. They could easily be made out of wooden dowels or even antiqued cooper pipe for that matter. In my mock ups I used white ash. One is done natural with a tung oil and wax fini...
Ever since visiting the Gerstner tool chest web site Ive wanted to build a chest like the ones they sell. A few months ago I was able to salvage some cherry from a dumpster. I thought I would use this wood to build my chest. I hope to document as well as I can the building process. I have taken some pics of what I have so far. In part one of this series I will show some pics of the project in progress. Any helpfull hints would be appreciated. top this is some of the veneer that i pl...
Over the past several weeks I’ve been looking for ways to maximize the space in my small shop and get more utility out of the items that dwell there. For the last few years my workbench has been a crude, stationary one that is built into the wall. One of the first things I built, it’s too tall, too narrow and only three sides can be used. I decided to tear out this bench and build a replacement. So the first phase was trying to make a list of all the things I needed this ben...
Hey all, This was a pretty good weekend for me. I went to Woodcraft and bought my very first lathe. It is a Jet Mini lathe with variable speed control, and cost less than $300 because of a sale going on. I’m going to start turning pens, maybe some small bowls, pepper mills, bottle stoppers, etc. As I finish a project I’ll post a bunch of pictures on this site. I haven’t had a chance to put it together yet because the inlaws were in town, but perhaps tomorrow evenin...
Several years ago, while pondering a pile of books that had for too long served as a coffee table, I thought it might be good to stop building jigs for the shop and actually make something useful. I found it unsatisfying that most book cases offer a “flat” front and that if the piece had aesthetic features they either took the form of “decoration” such as overdone moldings or curving of the form on the sides. Decoration is, well, decoration. I am not a “high...
OK – I know these are still not great—- but they fit the first time with NO paring. Still not the prettiest things you’ve ever seen – but I’m getting there. The difference I think is I’ve started using a coping saw to cut out the waste and instead of chopping out the remainder with the business end away from me—- I’m chopping with the board sideways on the bench so that I can tell if the chisel is vertical or not. My chisels are still a lo...
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